Fave 5: Not-so-typical Valentine’s Day events

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, for most of us it’s a love-hate relationship. Some of us love it, some of us hate it (and some of us land firmly in the middle). 

For the lovers, a typical V-Day usually entails going out for a romantic dinner and maybe a movie or cocktail after. For the haters out there, (single or coupled up) staying home and pretending you forgot that it’s February 14 isn’t necessary. Embrace your warm fuzzy self, and somebody you love, and check out some unconventional events happening around the city that even the biggest cynic is sure to enjoy.

SPiN Toronto – 461 King St. W.
Singles, couples and groups are invited to SPiN Toronto’s first ever Valentine’s Day party, where fake blood is welcome, gory costumes are encouraged and bloody drinks are being served. There is also a killer photo booth and a prize to be won for goriest costume. Ping pong is free after 9 p.m. Not into Valentine’s Day? Just think of it as a Halloween party in February.
Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace
From the looks of it, horror and romance seem to be going hand in hand this year. If it’s not cheesy, typical love day plans you’re after (we’re not that kinda girls), then head to Casa Loma where the Brant Theatre is presenting Dracula, A Love Story, a play by Sharyl Hudson. The play takes you from room to room throughout Toronto’s own Gothic mansion, as the actors bring the famous Bram Stoker novel to life. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $34. 
Supermarket – 268 Augusta Avenue
WORN FASHION JOURNAL is hosting a karaoke night starting at 9 p.m. at Supermarket in Kensington. Tickets are $7, and just $5 if you wear red. Who doesn’t love belting out love songs and a cheap cover?

Oz Studio – 134 Ossington Ave.
If live music is your thing, then Love Near Bellewoods is the place to be. Dave Monks of Tokyo Police Club, Chris White of Bellewoods and Luke Laldone from Born Ruffians are all part of the lineup that may just serenade the crowd with love songs. Rumour has it that there will also be a few surprise guests. And because Valentine’s Day isn’t complete without DIY crafts, there will be a card making station with paper bag mail boxes for the first 50 people to arrive. The party starts at 10 p.m. and tickets are $7. 

Whistler’s Grille and Cafe, 995 Broadview Avenue
If you’re in the east end, The Cabbagetown Theatre Company is putting on No Sweetheart Required, a cabaret evening of short and sassy comedies and musical performances. Tickets are $20 and group rates are also available for 10 or more people (you’ll also be entered into a prize draw). The event starts at 8 p.m. 


Yum, yum: Quirky desserts

When it comes to fashion we appreciate the bold prints from Proenza Schouler, the strategically placed ruffles from Phillip Lim and the whimsical inspiration behind Lanvin that is Alber Elbaz. And when it comes to our desserts, we feel the same. Sure, we’re happy to have our cake and eat it too, but give us something unexpectedly sweet, and you’ll have us saying, “more please!”

The Spring Roll
The after-work hangout Supermarket is the place to be for drinks and Asian-inspired fusion food. Meet friends for tapas-style fare made with Kensington market fresh ingredients. 

While their dishes are created for sharing, you will want to keep the dessert spring rolls all to yourself. Dipped in chocolate sauce, the banana spring rolls come with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. For drinks and dessert fun, this resto-lounge has it all.

Banana spring rolls are amazing. They taste better than this image looks. Trust us. 

Dessert Divas
We never thought we would outgrow our cupcake phase, but then we tried cake balls from Dessert Divas. These sweet bite-sized treats are made fresh to order by sister baking duo Erin and Sheri. Covered in icing and topped with sprinkles and specialty designs, these cake-filled pops are made in chocolate, vanilla, red velvet, banana, cherry, lemon and butter pecan flavours. Order a minimum of two dozen, and Dessert Divas will create a cake ball arrangement fit for any event from fun to elegant.

 Dessert Diva’s cake pop display wowed guests of The Wedding Show, including bloggers Hey Do You.

Jedd’s Frozen Custard
“Frozen fresh daily,” Jedd’s Frozen Custard dessert is a smoother and creamier answer to ice cream. 

The custard shop serves up chocolate, vanilla and a daily specialty flavour that can be topped off with a variety of gourmet toppings such as Skor bits, Oreo crumbs, gummy bears, hot fudge and other flavoured syrups. 

For the ultimate caffeine buzz, try the vanilla custard affogato, which combines one scoop of custard with two shots of espresso. Made with extra egg yolk and less sugar, Jedd’s custard is one cool snack. 

Yum. Now, excuse us while we run out to get something to satisfy our sweet tooth.